Did you know that not all dentists are the same? Some dentists choose to continue their dental training to focus on certain specialties, like cosmetics, prosthodontics, or oral surgery. However, the most common dentists you’ll come across specialize in general or cosmetic dentistry. While both may offer many of the same services, there’s also a significant difference between them. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right dentist for your smile. 

General Dentistry VS Cosmetic Dentistry

A general dentist focuses on preserving and restoring oral health. They offer a variety of preventive services, like cleanings and checkups, but they also provide many restorative treatments to address pain or discomfort. Generally, they perform root canals, tooth extractions, fillings, and gum disease therapy. However, they may also provide limited cosmetic services, like teeth whitening or dental bonding.

On the other hand, a cosmetic dentist focuses on aesthetics. Their goal is to improve the way your teeth look using elective procedures, like tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, Invisalign, or complete smile makeovers. While they prioritize aesthetic issues, they can also treat certain dental problems that can affect your oral health, like chipped or missing teeth.

A cosmetic dentist continues their education after earning their dental degree to offer a wide scope of services, which can include:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • All-ceramic crowns
  • Dental bonding
  • Gum recontouring
  • Teeth whitening
  • Smile makeovers

Which Dentist Is Right for Me?

If you are happy with the way your teeth look and are only concerned about preserving your natural smile, a general dentist will do. However, if you want to enhance the appearance of your teeth, it’s better to choose a cosmetic dentist. While you’ll find an abundance of cosmetic dentists on Google, not all will be right for you. Instead, take the time to choose the best dentist for your needs by following a few tips:

  • Ask your friends and family for recommendations.
  • Review the dentist’s training and qualifications.
  • Look for any professional accreditations.
  • Read online reviews and testimonials.
  • Ensure they offer the services you want.
  • Choose a convenient location with flexible office hours.
  • Look at any before and after pictures.
  • Consider their payment options.
  • Look for any advanced technologies or treatments.

After you’ve found a dentist, it is time to schedule your consultation. They’ll examine your mouth and learn more about your concerns to create a personalized strategy to achieve the smile of your dreams. Use the opportunity to ask your dentist any questions to ensure they are the right fit for your smile. You will have 100% confidence in the investment you are making.

About Dr. Brian C. Oyler

Dr. Oyler earned his dental degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry before continuing his education in general and cosmetic dentistry. He has completed training at the Dawson Academy and Spear Education to focus on restorative and elective procedures. As a member of various professional organizations, you can feel confident your smile is in qualified hands. Contact our office today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

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